EPIC, POWERFUL “BILLY BUDD” AMAZES CENTRAL CITY AUDIENCE

By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D., Freelance Classical Music Writer The operas of Benjamin Britten are strange.  They are powerful, emotional, musically sophisticated, profound, and culturally relevant, but they are also strange.  The characters in Britten operas tend to be almost allegorical, only coming into their own as real humans as the plot develops. Herman Melville’s […]

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S IMAGINATIVE “THE MAGIC FLUTE” STIMULATES MIND AND HEART

Review by Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Central City Opera’s production of “The Magic Flute,” in repertory through August 5, is ambitious, imaginative and bold.  For those who know and revere Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece, it is also potentially controversial.  It adds a level of profundity to the story’s serious […]

“IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA

Review by Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him and the company.  Giuseppe Verdi’s popular but often […]